To provide a context for discussion of father engagement when parents separate or divorce, this chapter begins with three brief sections summarizing research on married and cohabiting couples. A burgeoning literature indicates that fathers play an important role in their children's development, a role that is often quite different than that of mothers. Further, a plethora of recent studies show that when parents have high levels of unresolved conflict, or cold and withdrawn relationships, their children are at risk for behavioral, social, and emotional symptoms, as well as difficulties…
Easy-to-read basics to help couples to build a strong family. Includes relationship skills, healthy habits, marriage and paternity, and sources for help. Presentation slides on CD-ROM (2010) are available for purchase, allowing for easy presentation by your staff to clients. (Author abstract modified)
This is Strengthening Young Families' handbook for couples with a new baby, in easy-to-read Spanish. (Author abstract modified)
This book is for young couples becoming a family, either pregnant or with a new baby. It meets you where you are -- ready or not, and married or unmarried -- and helps you to be your very best. The love you bring your baby can help your baby grow and thrive. As two parents, working together, you have twice as much to give. And there are lots of good ways to get free or low cost help.
With three major sections -- on parenting, couples issues, and financial issues -- it offers a wealth of needed information and resources. For agencies, the book is an efficient and affordable way to…
This volume highlights 7 simple steps that parents can take, which could help themselves and their children adjust more appropriately to the trauma and the pain that often follow divorce. It is written by Psychotherapist and Parenting Educator, Dr. Percy Ricketts, and in plain, simple language that parents will find enjoyable, informative and easy to read. (Author abstract)
Statistics show that close to 70 percent of all births to black mothers are nonmarital, giving rise to the stereotype that black fathers are largely absent. However, while black fathers are less likely than white and Hispanic fathers to marry their child's mother, many black fathers continue to parent through cohabitation and visitation, providing caretaking, financial, and in-kind support.This volume recasts the meaning of black fatherhood in its many manifestations, exploring two-parent families, cohabitation, single custodial fathering, stepfathering, noncustodial visitation, and parenting…
The American family is changing. Divorce, single parents, and step families are redefining the ways we live together and raise our children. Many "experts" feel these seemingly inevitable changes should be celebrated; they claim that the "new" families, which often lack a strong father, are actually healthier than traditional two-parent families - or, at the very least, do children no harm. But as David Popenoe shows in Families Without Fathers this optimistic view is severely misguided.
Examining evidence from social and behavioral science, history, and evolutionary biology, Popenoe…
When parents split up, it's hard on everyone in the family, especially children. This page contains
1) a video where families share their experiences parenting together while living apart, where they discuss how community resources helped them work through conflict and achieve a positive dynamic for their children; and,
2) a co-parenting guide full of information about ways parents who live apart can work together to take care of their children.
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This chapter explores how mothers and their expectations contribute to good fathering. It discusses ways good mothering is connected to good fathering, as well as the link between marriage and good fathering. Suggestions are shared for how mothers and fathers can influence each other positively, including maintaining a positive climate in the home, accepting help from one another, making parenting decisions together, and responding to each other's needs. 35 references.
The topic of marriage and fathering is explored in this chapter and new insights on marriage from recent research findings are shared. A set of principles is outlined for establishing healthy marital relationships that also support active and caring father involvement. The principles include: commit, grow, understand, nurture, solve, and serve. Recommended practices are provided for each dimension. 1 table and 32 references.